A collab (short for collaboration) means working with someone to produce or create something. Sharing an affiliate code is not collaboration, it’s a one tier marketing tactic aimed at influencers that often leads to dishonest reviews and people promoting shit products. For full transparency purposes I believe that influencers should have to disclose when they get paid to post something (#sponsored or #ad) and not bury it in clusterfuck of hashtags and that they should disclose when doing a review on products they received for free. I also strongly believe that it should be disclosed that affiliate codes saves you a bit of money, but also earns an influencer a commission. It’s a win-win if you genuinely believe that you’re not being mislead about the product.
Truth be told, I get direct messages and comments like this one fairly often and often ignore them because it’s bullshit. It’s bullshit that you should have to pay for product you’re not familiar with to promote for them with little to no return. But Game of Thrones isn’t releasing any new episodes for a while so I thought I would follow one of these comments through just for the heck of it.
Full disclosure, none of the links below are affiliate codes. I am making negative $40.69 CAD on this post because I bought this jumpsuit myself in order to review these kinds of Instagram marketed brands.
No where on their site does it specify that the goods would be shipping directly from the manufacturer in China. Instead they fancy it up by saying that their goods ship from warehouses all over the world. This was the actual timeline:
- July 10 – order placed
- July 16 – order processed
- August 7 – order received
I guess that 4 weeks isn’t that long to receive something from overseas, but consider that their site said it would 1 – 2 weeks I definitely forgot about this order until it showed up.
What I Bought vs What I Got
So the picture from the right was taken off their website directly. If you do a reverse Google image search (thanks Catfish) you’ll quickly see that I was bamboozled because it’s only $13 USD on AliExpress (the kingpin of online mass produced cheap clothing). The website lists no details other than that the jumpsuit is a cotton/poly blend that is a regular fitting, wide leg calf-length pant. According to their websites size guide I should be a size large to accommodate my bust.
What I got was a jumpsuit shoved into the smallest shipping envelope, no invoice, no tags, no labels, no fabric content listed and if I’m being completely honest it smelled toxic.
I had a few of my industry friends have a look at it to get their opinions on it;
- A design assistant who specializes in fabric and fabric sourcing called bullshit on their “cotton/poly” claim saying that there is no way that it’s anything other than straight up polyester.
- A product development manager was quick to point out that the fabric was digitally printed and pulled at the fabric slightly to reveal the original white of the garment. Once slightly pulled at the white left heathered marks on the print. She was also quick to point out that the colour would definitely bleed the first wash.
- A designer pointed out the flaw in the neckline scooping upwards. This type of cut is usually reserved for strapless styles that have boning. The top gaped so much which is surprising considering that I fill out every top I wear.
- An ecomm specialist explained how it’s a simple ecomm store that uses an app called Oberlo that allows them to import products from Ali Express and sell them at whatever cost they choose. They’re drop shipping as a way to make a quick buck. Buyers beware.
Well for starters, providing someone a discount code to try and garner sales and also trying to get them to recruit other shoppers isn’t a collab, it’s a goddamn pyramid scheme like Younique or some other overpriced brand. Let’s not even get into the whole “fast-fashion is destroying our planet” argument but rather just focus on the fact that these brands market themselves as good opportunity for those looking to garner exposure and unfortunately they often dupe impressionable women.
Fuck these fashion “brands”.
I don’t have anything I feel like I need to disclose. None of the links above make me any money. I don’t have an affiliate code to share with you, if you really want to waste your money then just use the code they gave me COLLAB20 to save $20 which is probably more than 15% off anyways.
Also I’m out $40 now for the sake of this post so take me out for coffee or a drink or groceries or something.